Gaia (pronounced Yeah-Ah) started in 1994 by two friends, Agronomist Leon Karatsalos and eonologist Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, with a small vineyard on the Island of Santorini. The vineyards of Santorini grow the native grape Assyrtiko. Assyrtiko is perhaps the only Mediterranean grape variety to flourish under such difficult climatic conditions. From poor, porous soil formed by volcanic activity and composed largely of pumice, Assyrtiko produces wines with a relatively high acidity. The Gai’a vineyards, located on the Southeastern slopes of Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions, are composed entirely of 70-80 year old, ungrafted vines with a dramatically low yield. It is an anomaly in today’s technologically advanced world and a wine that is well worth preserving and treasuring. In 1996, Leon and Yiannis purchased a fully functioning winery with vineyards in Nemea, just outside Athens. Here they grow the red grape Agiorgitiko (ah your YEE TEE ko), which we believe is a fabulous grape. Agiorgitiko can be produced in a range of styles, from fruity rosé and fresh light-bodied red that is best served slightly chilled to a full-bodied red that responds well to oak aging and can cellar and improve for many years. In many ways, Agiorgitko is Greece’s Nebbiolo. Gai’a produces a broad range of extremely high quality wines in a range of styles. Robert Parker describes them as “one of Greece’s finest wineries, making steely Santorini whites and Agiorgitiko that is among Greece’s best.” Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2010!
A structured wine, showing the intense fruit of the grape variety and well integrated oak. With proper cellar conditions it will evolve over the next four years becoming more complex and velvety. This is medium bodied wine, with forward primary fruit, deep purple color and firm tannins.
This unique wine is produced on the island of Santorini. The vines are planted on a 15-degree slope facing East and Southeast on transferred pumice stone soil. The wine is made from the Assyrtiko grape and is light and aromatic. Only free run must is used, which is then fermented for approximately days at 15C. The resulting wine is almost white in color, bone-dry, with strong character, eliciting considerable structure, with crisp acidity, distinctive minerality and delicate honeysuckle aromas.
Introducing the newest offering from Gaia Estate, a fantastic wild ferment wine using the versatile Moschofilero grape. A complex bouquet of white flowers, apricot, jasmine and rose leads to freshness and depth on the ample and round palate.
Notios Red is a delightful blend of Agiorgitiko (which gives its intense fruity aroma and its soft tannins) and the international variety Syrah (which provides a rich and spicy character along with a sense of structure and depth). Its deep reddish-violet colour, its complex aroma and its taste intensity makes a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of spicy and flavourful dishes.
Notios White is a blendof the aromatic, floral scented Moschofilero (from the Arcadian Plateau) with the crisp, lemony Roditis (from elevated mountainous Aigialeia area) and Assyrtiko (from Santorini) which adds strength, length and depth. It has aromas of perfumed floral and white fruit as well as sweet citrus. It is a light, rounded wine with refreshing acidity.
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